CheerSafe FAQ


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Is there a governing body for cheerleading?
USA Cheer represents all forms of cheerleading in the United States and advocates for all cheerleaders – school, college, and all star (non school, club cheerleading) – to receive the tools they need to succeed, including proper equipment, trained instructors and medical resources. [View All…]

By |November 9th, 2017|Newsroom

CheerSafe Downloadables

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Cheer Safety Fact Sheet


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By |November 8th, 2017|Newsroom

The Truth About Cheerleading Safety

*Originally Published in American Cheerleader Magazine*

by Jim Lord
Executive Director, AACCA

Cheer often gets a bad rap in the media when it comes to safety. This is due to several reasons that require a long conversation about sociology, expectations, data reporting, misunderstandings about how cheerleading works and unfortunately, the reality that headlines attract attention. In truth, the risk of injury in cheerleading is about the same as other sports, if not lower.

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By |October 13th, 2017|Newsroom, Safety

New College Cheerleading Rules

The college cheerleading rules for 2016-17 have been published at , including a summary of changes at the end of the page.

There have been very few changes to the college rules for the past 4 or 5 years. Similar to changes at the high school level this year, the rules committee has made several changes to this year’s rules, which will allow new skills and more creativity at the college level.

As with all rules limitations, the most important safety element for teams is that they follow skill progressions for each stunt group and stay within their proper skill level before advancing to the next level.

By |June 24th, 2016|Safety

Cheerleading 5th Lowest Injury Rate of 22 High School Sports

Another study has come out that confirms what we have known for a long time, that cheerleading is actually one of the safer sports available to young people. In the January 2016 edition of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal PEDIATRICS, Dustin Currie, et al., state that using the last five years of data compiled by the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study (NHSSRIS), injury rates in cheerleading rank 18th out of 22 sports, with an overall injury rate of .71 injuries per 1,000 athlete-exposures (AEs).

Concussion Rates Lower Than Other Sports

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By |December 10th, 2015|Newsroom

The Right Response to Youth Concussions

The New York Times is featuring an excellent series on concussions. Part 2 ran this week and it’s worth a read.

“As the number of youngsters who participate in organized sports grows and reports of concussions rise, it’s vital for parents, athletes and coaches to know how these injuries are properly diagnosed and treated to avoid long-lasting consequences. While preventing an injury is always best, limited progress has been made in keeping youngsters free of concussions in sports with a high risk of head injuries.”

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Last week’s installment can be found here:

By |September 1st, 2015|Newsroom, Safety, Uncategorized

CDC Releases New Concussion Safety App

The CDC Heads Up initiative has released a new concussion safety app, available for download. Designed for parents and coaches, the HEADS UP Concussion and Helmet Safety app provides instant access to concussion safety info—when and where you need it—so you can:

  • Spot a possible concussion.
  • Respond if you think an athlete has a concussion or other serious brain injury.
  • Help an athlete return to school and play safely.

Featuring: A new 3D helmet fit feature that teaches about proper helmet fit, safety and care.

For more information, visit: CDC Heads Up New Concussion Safety App

By |July 13th, 2015|Newsroom

Strong wrists for cheerleading stunts

By Jaimie Doherty MSEd, ATC, NREMT-b, CKTP

During my career working with cheerleaders, I see a lot of bases that believe taping their wrist makes their wrists stronger.  But it’s actually doing the opposite. Taping your wrists is like putting a cast on them, and when someone has a cast on, their muscles are restricted from movement, making the muscles not have to work. Therefore, you end up losing muscle mass and strength, resulting in having to rely on tape to hold your stunt.

So instead of reaching for the tape (unless you have an new injury), think about these ways you can make your wrists stronger.

  • Start sitting in a chair with your forearm flat on the table, with your hand in a loose fist. These next exercises are going to be repeated for all range of motion of the wrist. Try to do 3 sets of 10 repetitions.  Remember, some people may need to start with fewer repetitions if they are getting sore in their forearms.  The strength that everyone starts with is different, so listen to your body.  You will perform these exercises with one wrist at a time.
    • Start with palm facing down, hand is loose fist. The first motion you are going to work is wrist extension. Without moving your forearm, you are going to extend or lift your hand towards the ceiling.  Then bring your hand back down towards the floor.  This is one repetition.
    • The next motion you are going to work is ulnar deviation. Rotate your arm so your pinky is facing the ceiling, hand still in loose fist. The side of your forearm still on the table. Without moving your forearm, you are going to lift your hand with the pinky […]
By |April 7th, 2015|Safety

National Cheerleading Safety Month Resolution Introduced in the House Of Representatives   

Leaders in cheerleading safety recognized in Congressional resolution to recognize March as National Cheerleading Safety Month.

Memphis, Tenn., March 31, 2015 – On March 26, Representative Marc Veasey of Texas introduced HR Resolution 175, supporting the designation of March as National Cheerleading Safety Month. USA Cheer, along with several partner organizations, was cited in the resolution for its accomplishments in efforts to reduce cheerleading injuries. 

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By |April 1st, 2015|Newsroom, Safety

Creating a Cheerleading Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

by Shannon David, PhD, ATC, LAT

One of the best preventative measures that can be taken to ensure athlete safety is to be prepared. Developing a well thought out emergency action plan is a critical component to the survival of both athletes and spectators. The purpose of an emergency action plan is to maintain cardiovascular function (Prentice, 2014). In addition, the staff needs to consider the safest method of removing the athlete from the field of play, as well as, the urgency of which the patient is referred (Starkey, 2010). Each of these tasks can be accomplished efficiently when everyone involved knows their role and responsibilities when emergency strikes.

Any facility that hosts events or practices to athletes should have a written Emergency Action Plan (EAP) prepared. Here are a few tips for key points that should be included in your Emergency Action Plan. The first tip is to keep in mind is communication. Establish an effective mode to contact EMS. If the cheerleaders are at a Friday night football game, chances are the EMS will be on site but if they are not what phone will be used to contact them? In a world full of technology, most will choose to use a cell phone. It is important to make sure that the cell phone has service in that area and that it is fully charged. It is never a bad idea to have backup or a landline in case. It is not uncommon for landlines to have need a code to call out, so be sure you know in advance if you need to press “9” then the phone number for example. The next big question is, “Who is going to call 911?”

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By |March 30th, 2015|Safety